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Jan 16, 2010 8:00pm EST
, if someone is a relative of karzai then things become problematic. we like to think we are going to defer to the host nation's judgement but sometimes we have got to have a role in the same thing goes too in iraq early on we said we are going to let the afghans do it. you have got to let the native population to get themselves. sometimes that just doesn't work and sometimes the americans just have to get more involved. >> a question over here. >> hi tom. i have got to comment. i am a civil affairs guy and i have that kind of a comment for tom and then a question for mark. i have got to pick up on where you left off on your final point because i think in my experience as a practitioner in this kind of business to include low level counterinsurgency operations and i just did in liberia. >> i just want to point out that chris was the one of the great heroes when he tried to keep the kobo from blowing up. >> i think there is way too much emphasis on hearts and minds. as i like to tell people i don't care if you like me because i'm going home to write my harley-davidson. so my mission here is
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Jan 17, 2010 10:00am EST
and president karzai in afghanistan, that he will begin to turn things around in that country? guest: i did not before. she is the president, -- he is the president, you can argue about the election all day long. i want to see how he acts and reacts and works with us. getting rid of the unsavory people that have eaten their way into that government. i certainly hope that it comes across. we have expanded an awful lot in the way of blood and treasure in trying to get that country to be a non-haven for terrorists it would help all the afghan people -- it would help all of the afghan people, the administration there. guest: this spring, the congress will debate afghanistan, because president obama is to ask for $33 million more to pay for the search. i was wondering whether you see it as a tough vote for a lot of the democrats, on a potential supplemental, depending on what form the $33 billion will take. do you see any way this supplemental will fail, the vote will fail in congress? guest: i think a lot of it depends on how the situation is coming along in afghanistan. i think our military wi
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Jan 17, 2010 6:00pm EST
it. >> let us turn our attention to afghanistan. do you have faith in president karzai that he will be able to turn sentiment around with troops on the ground there? >> i did not before. he is the president, you can argue about the election all day long. but he is the president. i want to see how the ax and reacts and works with us. getting rid of the unsavory people that have gotten into that government -- i hope he comes across -- there has been an awful lot in the way of trying to get to that country and non-haven for terrorists. it would help all of athens -- afghans. >> this spring will be the time when congress will debate afghanistan. in principle, president obama is expected to ask for as much as $33 billion more to pay for the surge in afghanistan. i was wondering whether you see it as possible for a lot of the democrats' -- potentially a supplemental, depending on what form the $33 billion would take. do you see any way that this may fail? >> i think a lot depends on how the situation is coming along in afghanistan. i think our military will do well. we have excellent
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Jan 16, 2010 11:00pm EST
make progress in reducing the ramp at opm and narcotics trade in this area. president karzai has pledged to eradicate poppy crops, but there must be development of crops and methods other than poppy's to sustain the people in this country. in southern afghanistan, the u.s. department of state and agriculture is working one to regain its potential. understanding the reality is on the ground in afghanistan and is essential. we urge the president to follow his advice of making strategic decisions. secretary gates has worked to reaffirm our short and long term goals to our troops and continues the sacrifice. this is very important and we thank him. we now know that the u.s. military faces a threat involving forces. instead, terrorist networks employ unconventional uses of force to remain invisible until their attack. to preempt this threat, we rely heavily on our intelligence gathering systems and professionals at home and abroad. this reminded us of the terrorists. the arrest of a terrorist makes clear that there is much to be reviewed in the way intelligence is shared, collected an
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